Carole White, the head of London modeling agency Premier and the woman often credited with "discovering" Naomi Campbell, penned an as-told-to piece for today's Telegraph. Get ready for some early-90s nostalgia! Did you know that Chisty Turlington and Naomi Campbell had a very special shared nickname? It was "Wagon."
White says that Campbell used to call her "Mum." The relationship has since deteriorated: White no longer represents Campbell, and the two are currently embroiled in a legal dispute — suit, counter-suit, counter-counter-suit — over revenues from a perfume called "Naomi Campbell Cat Deluxe With Kisses." (Not that you'd know that from reading White's piece: the Telegraph doesn't mention the litigation.) Last year, White testified that one night in 1997, Campbell had received blood diamonds from notorious Liberian dictator Charles Taylor while staying at Nelson Mandela's presidential compound. Campbell repeatedly ducked Taylor's war-crimes prosecutors' attempts to get in touch with her until the court had to compel her to testify with a subpoena; she then took the stand, told the court "this is a big inconvenience for me," and admitted only to receiving "some kind of dirty-looking pebbles" from men unknown. Campbell also called White, "someone I no longer trust and no longer work with."